Enlarged Blooms with Billy Showell

We'll concentrate on roses, both fresh ones and photographs provided by Billy. The key is to understand the structure of your specimen before you begin drawing and to observe details that you have not noticed before. Practice how to capture the fragility and smooth texture of the outer petals, and the coiling form of the tightly packed inner petals. Learn how to keep petals soft and deal with petal shadows while you are working with larger amounts of water and paint. You will be using #6 brush or bigger, but do not panic; it will be fun.


Prerequisites: Intermediate to advanced skills in watercolor.

Note: You can only register for one of these three-day sessions.

Fee: $350 member, $400 non-member.

• Mon-Wed, July 17-19, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Billy Showell, U.K.


• Fri-Sun, July 21-23, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Billy Showell, U.K.

As a contemporary botanical artist, Billy Showell has a reputation for unusual and creative compositions, as well as a unique take on traditional arrangements that challenge the norm. Great designers such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Alphonse Mucha and sculptor Alberto Giacometti inspire Billy, together with elements from her own background in fashion design and illustration. Billy endeavors to create stylish and beautifully balanced compositions of flowers, fruits or vegetables.

Billy has written three best-selling hardback how-to books, "Watercolour Flower Portraits," "Watercolour Fruit and Vegetable Portraits" and "The A-Z of Flower Portraits," all published by Search Press.